Yes, the Halos won in a blow-out but . . .
the defense (great on the Halos part and dismal on the M’s part) played a HUGE part.
ON the MOUND
Tai far from sharp but, in his defense, neither was his defense . . .
Halos first THREE runs scored via: error by Robbie, WP by Tai, error by Mark
and then things REALLY fell apart in the 6th . . .
Tai added his own error for the Halos fourth run on a sequence that was none too pretty: HBP, single, sac bunt (with the error, so all safe and a run scores), 2-run double and that would be the end of Tai’s day and the end of his first half . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ SIX earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts
} Enter Dave who promptly allows a single, a ground out RBI, and a 2-run homer, a single and a walk
} Danny comes in and is able to FINALLY get the last TWO outs of the 6th (Trout flies out and Pujols pops up) and holds the Halos scoreless in the 7th, despite a couple of singles
} Nando gets some work in, allowing run via a lead-off double and a couple of ground outs
} Carson allowed a hit in the 9th but retired the side w/o further damage (including TWO K’s)
AT the PLATE
Despite the hit total, going down 1-2-3 in the 1st, 6th and 7th, they had their chances . . .
~ Kyle w/ a lead-off double in the 1st, Brad w/a lead-off single in the 2nd – both erased
~ Robbie hit a ROCKET at ’em ball which Pujols turned the unassisted DP w/o effort 😦
~ and, of course Aybar and Trout saved a couple runs/extra base hits, as per usual
~ good news: AJ, Brad and Kyle all with multi-hit games and Seth with a pinch hit homer
IN the FIELD
comedy of errors and a WP lead to the Halos first FOUR runs. . .
* Robbie fielding (first)
* Tai WP (second)
* Mark throwing (third)
* Tai throwing (fourth)
tweets of the game . . .